Bostik North: Romford boss Paul Martin hoping to see more reward for eye-catching style
PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 December 2017
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The strugglers picked up a crucial victory on Tuesday night and are now keen to make winning a habit
Romford manager Paul Martin is pleased with the style of football his team are producing this season despite not seeing too much reward so far.
Boro registered just their second win in the Bostik North on Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory at Cheshunt.
The visitors passed the ball around superbly for long periods of the match at Theobalds Lane and scored some well-worked goals.
Martin said: “Over the years we’ve been hard to break down, but this season we’ve been playing a lot better football, we’re a lot younger, but we are also a little bit naïve and not physical enough.
“It is a different way of playing compared to what I’m used to because I’m trying to get us to keep it on the floor instead of smashing it long.
“Sometimes you need to change things for the best and I thought we mixed it up better at Cheshunt because we went long when we had to, we played short when it was right and we kept the ball in the right areas.
“If we hadn’t got anything from Tuesday I would have been very disappointed, especially after getting the third goal because I thought whoever got the first goal after half time would win and we got that.”
Romford’s manager had a slight grumble about the nature of Cheshunt’s second in the 61st minute, which gave them a lifeline.
Boro were 3-1 up when Jason Hallett smashed a free kick against the wall and most of the away players watched the ball fall for Callum Ellesley, who chipped into Hallett’s path and he controlled before smashed past a helpless Stephen Reynolds.
In the end it wasn’t to matter and Martin was delighted to be on the winning side against the Cheshunt talisman.
He added: “The second goal was sloppy from us because the free kick hit the wall and everyone watched the cross and no one followed Hallett in, so he still scored two against us, but for a change he is on the losing team.
“Cheshunt are a very good side and I’m shocked about their form and where they are in the league because it is a lovely set-up and a good club, but sometimes it doesn’t work and everyone has bad runs.”
What pleased the Boro boss even more was the age of the starting XI he had to field at Waltham Cross.
Martin said: “We started shaky, but I think that is the youngest team we’ve ever put out at this level since I’ve been manager.
“We had six or seven players starting who were under the age of 20, so you can’t knock their work ethic and I’m chuffed for them.”